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Linda Noreen Allen (Jordan), 69, passed away April 29, 2023, following complications from cancer. Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm on Thursday, May 4th at St. Thomas More Church, 11822 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO. Funeral Mass will be at 6 pm on Friday, May 5th at St. Thomas More Church, followed by a reception in More Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Therese Little Flower Parish, 5814 Euclid Ave, Kansas City, MO 64130 or to the University of Kansas Cancer Center, 2650 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Westwood, KS 66205.
Linda was born October 20, 1953, in Arlington, VA to Thomas and Vivian Jordan (Eubanks) and spent much of her early childhood traveling as an “army brat” around the United States and Germany. When her family returned to Kansas City, Linda attended St. Therese Little Flower School, St. Teresa’s Academy, and Rockhurst University. As luck would have it, she met her future husband Keith Allen on St. Patrick’s Day, 1978 at Egan’s Bar in Brookside, and the two were married on July 12, 1980, at St. Peter’s Church. Linda and Keith raised two children, Lindsay and Frank who attended St. Thomas More School in south KC, where Linda was an active parishioner for nearly 40 years.
Linda worked for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for 42 years, starting out as a key punch operator and eventually working her way up to one of the highest grade levels at the USDA at that time. For the majority of her career, Linda held several positions in Information Security and was a pioneer in many ways, as one of the few females in that emerging industry.
Linda was driven, loyal, humble, and extremely hardworking. She had big dreams and a big heart, qualities she undoubtedly bestowed upon her family. Linda loved nature, gardening, sports, and long road trips to the beach or to her family farm in South Carolina. But most of all, Linda loved her family. She had a special relationship with each of her siblings, her children, her many nieces and nephews, and especially her grandkids. As hard as Linda worked at her career, she worked even harder to care for her family. No one ever wanted, no one ever felt left out, and no one ever doubted how much she loved them.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister, Anne Jordan. Linda is survived by her husband, Keith Allen; her children, Lindsay Allen and Frank Allen (Nicole); grandchildren, Brayden Wasko, Patrick Allen, Madeline Allen, and Jack Allen; siblings, Brenda England, Beverly Jones, Mary Higginbotham (Kevin), Robert Jordan and Donald Jordan.
Lastly, Linda’s family would like to thank the staff at the KU Cancer Center, staff at the St. Luke’s Neuro ICU, and her sister Brenda, for providing outstanding care to Linda over the past year. The family would also like to thank the countless family members and friends within the St. Thomas More, St. Teresa’s, and Rockhurst communities for their compassion and support over the past few months.